Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions


Faculty Publish Paper for American Association of Anatomy

This past June, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Associate Professor James Karnes, PT, Ph.D., collaborated with three anatomists, Melissa Carroll, Ph.D., Darren Hoffman, Ph.D., and Sheryl Sanders, Ph.D., to write a position paper for the American Association of Anatomy on the importance of cadaver dissection for human anatomy courses. The paper, “Gross Anatomy during the Pandemic: Cadaver Dissection is Essential as a Learning Tool,” examines the use of technology as a substitute for face-to-face instruction with dissection. The paper argues there is no substitute for the use of cadavers as the most effective student learning as the advantages to cadaver dissection provide a number of advantages not possible nor available with present technologies. Read the full paper here.

CSDS Faculty Awarded Grant

Two Georgia Southern University faculty members in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences have been awarded a grant in the amount of $6,449. Associate Professor April Garrity, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Assistant Professor Casey Keck, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will be investigating graduate communication sciences and disorders students’ ability to write and implement functional communication goals in the program’s teaching clinic, the RiteCare Center.

Garrity and Keck will use the grant money, which was awarded by Georgia Southern University’s Faculty Research Committee, to fund an undergraduate research assistant, collaborate with a biostatistician, purchase clinical testing tools and provide monetary incentives to participants for their willingness to partake in the research.

The research will be conducted through the Cognition, Learning and Social Participation (CLaSP) Research Lab. The CLaSP Research Lab was co-founded by Garrity and Keck and focuses on examining teaching, learning, cognition, communication, quality of life, and participation through quantitative and qualitative methods and action research approaches.

Helping the Community Through Bowling

American Business Clubs (AMBUCS), is a century-old membership organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities. For the past 50 plus years, Savannah AMBUCS has hosted a League of Exceptional Bowlers for people with various disabilities. On Saturdays, the League is joined by a group of Georgia Southern University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students for a unique out-of-classroom experience where they spend their time assisting bowlers to promote an inclusive and competitive environment. In addition to the hands-on experience, DPT students have an opportunity to interact with various community members.

Each year, students pursuing careers in the allied health professions and volunteering with AMBUCS are given an opportunity to apply for a Savannah AMBUCS Scholarship. Twelve DPT students have been awarded scholarships totaling over $17,000. Each scholarship ranged from $500 to $3000.

The following DPT students were awarded a scholarship:

  • Alexandra Adams
  • Luke Thayer
  • Mirim Gritis
  • Averi Donaldson
  • Mary Carpenter
  • Nicole Ebel
  • Phil Miller
  • Kyle Marlow
  • Ashley Chafin
  • Taylor Lane
  • Isaac Milliken
  • Kylee McCluskey

Scottish Rite Donates $10,000 to the RiteCare Center

For over a decade, the Valley of the Scottish Rite Masons has generously supported Georgia Southern University’s RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders on the Armstrong Campus. The Valley of Savannah Scottish Rite Masons host two fundraisers each year for the RiteCare Center: the Scottish Rite Golf Tournament and the Walk for RiteCare, each year for the RiteCare Center.

This past year, $10,000 dollars was donated to the RiteCare Center to assist with funding the learning experience of Georgia Southern communication sciences and disorders graduate students as well as supporting the success of those who require speech therapy. With the donations made by the Savannah Scottish Rite Masons, the RiteCare Center is able to fund equipment and materials to create experiences that grow well-rounded speech-language pathologists that ultimately foster communicative growth and development in the clients the Center serves.

About the RiteCare Center on Armstrong Campus
The RiteCare Center is a teaching communication disorders center for students in the graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Under the supervision of experienced licensed and certified speech-language pathologists, students provide low cost services to include assessment and intervention services for children and adults with communication delays or disorders.

About the RiteCare and Scottish Rite Masons
The RiteCare Center at Georgia Southern University is supported by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite – Savannah Valley, in keeping with the national philanthropic program of the Scottish Rite Masons to support speech and hearing clinics. Today, there are numerous RiteCare clinics, centers and special programs operating or planned throughout the United States. Through this philanthropic effort, RiteCare Centers have significantly helped tens of thousands of children across the United States improve their communication skills in order to improve their lives.

Physical Therapy Faculty Present Research

This past February, faculty from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences attended and presented at the National American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

The following research was presented:

  • “Interprofessional Care of the Injured Athlete: Intercollegiate Models” by Walter L. Jenkins, PT, MS, ATC, LAT, DHS, Allen Hardin, PT, ATC, MS, Tory Lindley, ATC, Jill Maria Thein-Nissenbaum, PT, MPT, ATC, DSc, Amy Powell, MD
  • “What Is All the Hype About Running Shoes? Practical Implications for the Running Tactical Athlete” by Nancy C. Henderson, PT, DPT and Haley Shea Worst, PT, DPT
  • “Combat Sports: Different Types, Rehabilitation, Performance Enhancement, and How Self Defense May Save Your Life” by George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA, Lauren Lou, PT, DPT and Charles E. Rainey, PT, DPT, DSc
  • “The Effects of Eccentric Loading on Hamstring Flexibility” by Dixie Edalgo, SPT, Hunter Lewis, SPT, James Rowe, SPT, Ryan Decarreau, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT, OCS
  • “Many Faces of Sports Physical Therapy” by Ross Makoto Nakaji, PT, ATC, Shefali Mathur Christopher, PT, DPT, Erik Peter Meira, PT, DPT, Susan A. Falsone, PT, ATC, MS, Stephania Leigh Bell, PT, Kerry Lee Mullenix, PT, ATC and George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA
  • “Isokinetic Testing Effects of Various Positions and Velocities on Two Novel Functional Unilateral Shoulder Ratios” by Hayley Katherine Abell, SPT, Hannah Lawson, SPT, Alyssa Martinek, Bradley Seuntjens, SPT, Bryan Riemann, PhD, and George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA
  • “Torque Steadiness Measurements of the Shoulder in Normal Subjects and Subjects with Shoulder Pain” by Zach Lewis Gretsch, SPT, Jacob Chandler Fogarty, SPT, Ross Chandler Morris, SPT and Kyle Marlow, SPT, Bryan Riemann and George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA
  •  “The “Kneed” to Know: Sports Injuries Throughout the Lifespan” by George James Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA, Ronald Wayne Courson, PT, Robert C Manske, PT, DPT, MEd and Michael James Tankovich, PT, DPT, ATC
  • “How to Function as a Civilian PT working with Military Tactical Athletes” by Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT, OCS, LTC, Joseph Kardouni, PT, PhD, LTC Mike Bean, PT, DPT, OCS, MAJ Mandy Wolfe, PT, DPT, OCS
  • “Effects of Education, Taping, and Stretching on Forward Head Posture and Muscular Trigger Points” by Haley Worst, PT, DPT; Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT; Andi Beth Mincer, PT, EdD, Kaitlyn Crawley, SPT; Alexis Gonzalez, SPT; Delicia Bell, SPT

In addition to presenting, attendees had the opportunity to network and interact with peers and leaders in their field and learn about the latest research and cutting-edge products. The conference was attended by over 13,000 individuals from over 30 countries and consisted of 350 educational sessions and over 1,000 poster presentations representing 18 specialty sections of APTA.  

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Dept # 4902
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419